Egg freezing helps women preserve their fertility and offers peace of mind
Women who undergo egg freezing at our Oklahoma fertility clinic can preserve healthy eggs to use when they’re ready to start a family. A common reason women choose to freeze eggs is the desire to postpone motherhood. This is often because women want to focus on their educational, professional and personal goals. Some women may also freeze their eggs because of health concerns like cancer. Our clinic supports women through each step of this process to make it as simple as possible.
Learn how egg freezing can empower women
To determine if a woman is a good candidate for egg freezing, a doctor at our Oklahoma fertility clinic assesses her health and fertility. They typically do this with bloodwork and an ultrasound. These evaluations help our team determine a woman’s ovarian reserve, which is the quality and quantity of her eggs.
Various circumstances can make a woman a good candidate for the cryopreservation of eggs.
Postponing motherhood. Because women often reach peak fertility in their 20s and early-30s, our clinic often recommends women freeze eggs if they want to wait to have a baby.
Family history of premature ovarian failure. If a woman has a family history of premature ovarian failure (early menopause), she should consider egg freezing.
Cancer patients. Chemotherapy and radiation can negatively affect a woman’s ovarian reserve. As such, we recommend those needing cancer treatments freeze eggs before beginning treatment.
Coverage for fertility treatments. If a woman’s employer offers coverage for fertility treatments like the cryopreservation of eggs, it can be beneficial to use this option.
Military personnel. Women in the military who have the potential to experience combat that could injure their ovaries should explore the option of freezing eggs.
Our clinic helps women understand the medical and financial aspects of freezing eggs. Doing so can help them decide if this opportunity is right for them.
Discover what happens when a woman decides to freeze eggs
After the doctor confirms a woman has a healthy ovarian reserve, she can move forward with freezing her eggs. The cycle includes a series of steps that our Oklahoma fertility clinic guides women through.
Ovulation induction. The first step of freezing eggs involves the woman taking injectable medications. These medications cause multiple eggs to mature. At a certain point, the doctor instructs the patient to begin administering a medication that prevents ovulation.
Monitoring. Women regularly receive ultrasounds and bloodwork during the cycle so that the doctor can assess egg development and hormone levels.
Egg retrieval. When the eggs reach an ideal size, the woman takes a medication that prepares the eggs for retrieval. About 36 hours later, the doctor retrieves the eggs during a simple procedure and sends them to the lab for freezing.
Becoming pregnant with the eggs. Women have to undergo IVF when they’re ready to use their frozen eggs. This consists of an embryologist thawing the eggs and fertilizing them with sperm from the woman’s partner or chosen sperm donor. The doctor then transfers one of the resulting embryos into the uterus of the woman or her gestational surrogate.
With the support of our expert staff, the process of freezing eggs is a safe and effective way for women to pause their biological clock. This pause can provide women with significant relief and calm. Contact us for more information about why you should freeze eggs.